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Teamwork the key


HIGH School Old Girls and Waikohu (1) were a class above their opponents in premier grade netball at the Gisborne YMCA on Saturday.

F45 HSOG defeated Horouta Gold 60-39 and Claydens Waikohu (1) beat Tapuae from Wairoa 57-38 in Pak’nSave competition games.

Against Horouta, HSOG were up 16-9 after 15 minutes, 33-18 at halftime, and 47-28 at the three-quarter-hour mark.

“HSOG produced a strong performance, with all players working together,” netball commentator Sherrill Beale said.

“On attack they moved the ball at speed and there was some very good feeding in to their shooters, Marcia Beale and Lauren Bennett, especially the long passes from goal defence Alex Sinclair, from the centre third.

“On defence, they worked together across the court and pressured Horouta into errors.”

In the other match, Waikohu led Tapuae all the way and the quarter scores told the story — 16-11, 31-22, 42-30.

“Despite the scoreline, it was a closely contested game, with both teams playing tight, player-on-player defence,” Beale said.

“It was goal for goal until halfway through the first quarter, where Waikohu had a run of goals and pulled out by five.

“They added a few more than Tapuae at each quarter.

“The third quarter was the closest (11-8), when both teams used the speed of the ball through the court and in to their shooters.

“Karen Matiaha, goal shoot for Waikohu, had a very good game and collected some high lobs under tight pressure from the Tapuae defenders.

“Both shooters moved the circle well and gave their feeders options, again under tight pressure.”

Other results — Premier Reserve: Farmlands Ngatapa 39 YMP Masters 15, Horouta Taimana 48 OG Whangara 19.

A Grade: FarmCare HSOG 39 Waikohu (2) 30, McLeods Concrete HSOG 25 YMP (2) 25, Taiki 28 Campion Snr A 24.

A Reserve: Whalis 43 NZHL Thistle Storm 36, Steve Craill Ngatapa 43 Tatapouri Sportsfit (2) 25.

First Grade: Uawa Ngarangikahiwa 34 Gisborne Glass Ngatapa 24, Tyre General Ngatapa 36 GGHS Korihi 22, Wahine Hauora HSOG 30 OBM Blue 29.

First Reserve: Waikohu (4) 24 Zeafruit Ngatapa 23, Tatapouri Sportsfit Social 29 Kotahi Aroha 21.

Second Grade: OBM Red Social 30 Thistle Phoenix 25, YMP Manawanui 36 XLR8 27.

• In premier-grade action at the YMCA tomorrow night, the game between Whangara Old Girls and Gillies Electrical Gisborne Girls’ High School Senior A will start at 6pm.

“Girls’ High were competitive in their game last week, but they let the score pull out in the last five minutes by making errors,” Beale said.

“They will need to be just as competitive and eliminate the errors when they meet top-of-the-table Whangara, who like to move the ball at speed and work together on defence to pressure the opposition.”

At 7.30pm, F45 HSOG play Claydens Waikohu (3).

“The No.3 Waikohu team played well last week and pushed Whangara for most of the game,” Beale said.

“They will need a similar performance tomorrow night because High School Old Girls are another team whose links are working well and they move the ball at speed through the court.

“HSOG gave a very good display of netball skills on Saturday, so I expect the same tomorrow night.”

PRESSURE: Horouta Gold’s Riria Franklin gathers the ball under pressure from High School Old Girls goal defence Alex Sinclair in Gisborne premier-grade netball on Saturday. Picture by Paul Rickard